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Old December 19th, 2012, 11:25 AM   #1861
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Old December 19th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #1862
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Old December 19th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #1863
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@khizar ... there's a separate thread for Kalma chowk. Here it is. Post these pics there and edit these.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 04:18 PM   #1864
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According to City042, this project will be fully completed by Feb 15th, 2013...
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Old December 19th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #1865
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Old December 20th, 2012, 11:17 AM   #1866
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A report :
The inauguration of Metro Bus Service (MBS) Project is likely to be delayed till the first week of January 2013, due to installment of escalators at 27 stations along the route of the MBS, The News has learnt.

Though the Punjab government had not formally announced launching date of the MBS but in various meetings, the chief minister had expressed his desire to launch the mega project on the birthday of father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, on December 25.

MPA Saeed Elahi also confirmed to The News that MBS would not be functional by December 25. He, however, hinted that a section of MBS might be started on trial basis by December 25. “It was the utmost wish of the CM to launch MBS on the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam”, Saeed said adding that total cost of the project was estimated Rs 29.8 billion and people who were claiming its cost would touch Rs 70 to 80 billion were lying. “There is no reality in such claims”, he maintained.

The sources said that keeping in view installment of the new facility, the escalators, to facilitate children, elderly and disabled people the project would not be functional by December 25.

Contrary to this view, sources, attached with the construction work of the project, were of the view that MBS project was delayed due to its non-completion by December 25 rather anything else. This project could not be completed till December 25 in a very short span of time the Punjab government had given to us, they maintained.

Source in Punjab Metro Bus Authority (PMBA), wished not to be named, has said that MBS will be functional either in the last week of December or the first week of the coming year.

According to him, inauguration of MBS even by first week of January would be a record vis-à-vis time duration for completion of this mega project. Citing the example of completion of a 42km long metro in Turkey which took 36 months in its completion, he claimed that completion of MBS even in first week of January would be a record.

Rejecting the rumours that in the first phase only two stations would start functioning by December 25, he said all the stations of the MBS would be operational at once. “Before the formal launch a test run will also be conducted”, he said adding but security of the 27km long route would be handed over to security company concerned by December 25.

However, security plan of the project is still in doldrums as Security 2000, a private company to whom Punjab government has awarded tender of MBS Security, has not sent its security personnel for training at Elite Training School so far.

Sources also revealed that Punjab government has awarded tender of security of MBS project to Security 2000 but interestingly, the sources said the security company, which supposed to look after security of 27-Kilometer long metro bus route, had not sent any personnel for training as yet because it had not completed its recruitment process so far.

Earlier this month, chairing a meeting CM Shahbaz Sharif had announced setting up a central control room to monitor the entire route of the bus service and the bus stations. He had said the latest closed-circuit television cameras would be installed along the route and monitored in the control room while strict security arrangements would be made for the stations. He also set up a committee led by home secretary to make medium-term and long-term security plans for the MBS.

Talking with The News Faisal Ali of Security 2000 said that around 250-300 security personnel would be required for security purposes of MBS adding security guards would be deployed at every station or terminal for that purpose 24 hours/seven days a week. “I cannot tell exactly how many security personnel would be deployed for security purposes at MBS route until the project is completed”, he said. He said his company would also insure that no passenger could travel at MBS without getting a ticket.

To a question, Faisal said personnel of his company would be sent to Elite Training School for training so that they could get necessary training there. “All the security personnel would be retired army men so they would be trained in seven to ten days at the School”, he said adding around 50 to 60 women would also be part of the whole security squad to be deployed at MBS routes. SP Security Abdul Ghaffar Qaisarani, while talking with The News, said that keeping in view the sensitive places including Data Darbaar Shrine, Punjab Civil Secretariat and GC University, police were fully aware of its responsibilities regarding security adding police had a well recovery force to counter any untoward incident.

He said final security plan for MBS would be made after the completion of the project. “When the project would complete then we could decide how many security personnel are required for the project”, SP added.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 02:19 PM   #1867
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Does anyone have an idea when this great project will be completed and when will it be operational?
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Old December 20th, 2012, 02:39 PM   #1868
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Does anyone have an idea when this great project will be completed and when will it be operational?
Not before Jan 15th, 2013...
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Old December 20th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #1869
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Trial run: Metro buses to start training run soon


Six driver trainers from the Turkish company Platform have arrived in Pakistan and have been scheduled to start trainING MBS drivers within 10 days.

The training run of the Metro Bus Service (MBS) drivers on the Gajju Matta to Kalma Chowk section of the MBS route is likely to start soon.

Six driver trainers from the Turkish company Platform have arrived in Pakistan and have been scheduled to start trainING MBS drivers within 10 days.

A Metro Bus Service Authority (MBSA) official Uzair Shah said Traffic Engineering and Planning Authority (TEPA) will provide a u-turn on Kalma Chowk within 10-days to start training the MBS drivers. He said the training would be conducted by the firms, Platform and Volvo. The drivers would be taught how to drive the buses, how to dock at a platform and how to maintain speed and distance, Shah added.

“Six driver trainers have arrived in Pakistan to train newly-recruited drivers on the MBS route,” a senior Turkish official in Platform said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.



He said some drivers for MBS had been hired while others were in the process for hiring.

The official said he expected the training to start in around ten days. He added that the plan was to run five to six buses during the training phase.

“The forty-five buses that reached Karachi will be transported to Lahore in the next 10 days,” he said.

Kalma Chowk project director Khalid Alvi said that they had been given a deadline by the MBS project director to clear the MBS route till December 20. He said they would be able to clear it, if not by December 20, then in around 24 hours or so after the deadline ends. He said the MBS buses would turn before the Kalma Chowk underpass area.



However, another MBSA official speaking on anonymity said neither of the under-construction Model Town Morr nor Kalma Chowk will be ready for any such training to start in the next 10-days. He said the training programme would hopefully start within four weeks.

He said the government was giving too short a deadline to begin the training-run for the buses. “It would be almost impossible to meet the December 20 deadline,” he said.

A TEPA official speaking on condition of anonymity said Kalma Chowk was the only bottleneck preventing buses travelling from Gajju Matta. He said all 10 bus stations were almost complete and the escalators were almost built too.

The official said the Kalma Chowk construction would take another 20 days.

No asphalt had been laid on the intersections as yet, he added.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 05:52 PM   #1870
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Old December 20th, 2012, 06:02 PM   #1871
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wow ... great updates

But where the e-ticket machine gone? It was there when I last visited this place.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 06:50 PM   #1872
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Great to see things getting towards finalization.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #1873
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Today i have seen MBS buses standing on port but r painted red. i hope they will change colour afterwards.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 07:04 PM   #1874
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Thanks for the pictures tipuvipu.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #1875
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Great updates tipu! Thanx for keeping us updated!
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Old December 20th, 2012, 08:58 PM   #1876
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Today i have seen MBS buses standing on port but r painted red. i hope they will change colour afterwards.
which port khi or bin qasim?
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Old December 20th, 2012, 09:35 PM   #1877
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Nice updates...
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Old December 20th, 2012, 10:37 PM   #1878
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What a surprise, already a guy has his little shop set up on the floor of platform crossing/bridge. Hopefully it wont be allowed in the future once BRT is fully operational.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 04:15 AM   #1879
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What a surprise, already a guy has his little shop set up on the floor of platform crossing/bridge. Hopefully it wont be allowed in the future once BRT is fully operational.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 04:27 AM   #1880
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Dear All,
Thanks for the updated photos if some one have any updated photos Ravi road Area to Niyazi Chock .i ma living in dubai but i want to sse that area what is progress .
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